Earlier today, Netflix officially announced that Stranger Things will be returning to the streaming service for a second season, which will premiere in 2017. The second season — which will consist of nine episodes — will take place in the fall of 1984, almost a year after the events of the first one. All of these details were revealed in a teaser trailer, which also included the titles of the upcoming episodes, but we now have more details about season two from Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the fan favorite series.
We’ve known for a while now that the second season will follow the same characters as season one, but EW reveals that it will also introduce four new characters. Speaking with the site, Ross Duffer talked about their decision to make the second season a sequel:
“I don’t think we ever thought anthology. I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved. We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.”
Stranger Things is a series that draws influence from many movies and filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. The first season was even modeled after a movie, but the second one will resemble a blockbuster sequel by James Cameron, according to Matt Duffer:
“I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There’s Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
The Duffer Brothers also revealed that Hawkins won’t be the only setting in season two, which will explore more of the Upside Down:
Matt: We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down. So we definitely want to explore a little bit more. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Upside Down at the end of season 1.
Ross: We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we’ve opened up this doorway, and to us it’s exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There’s a lot more mystery there to be solved.
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